SOUTH KINGSTOWN—The University of Rhode Island, after announcing that it would conduct an independent examination of Daniel L. Doyle’s unpaid debt to the university, has decided to postpone its efforts until the State Police have completed their investigation.
“The Attorney General’s office and State Police had a conversation with [URI President David] Dooley and asked that the university holds off on its internal investigation until the State Police had a chance to conduct and conclude their own investigation,” said Amy Kempe, Public Information Officer at the Attorney General’s Office. “Dooley agreed and will be cooperating fully. He has been very helpful in working with the State Police on their investigation.”
“Our office cannot comment further in order to maintain the integrity of the ongoing investigation being led by the state police,” she added.
Doyle, the former Executive Director of the Institute of International Sport at URI, has been beleaguered in recent weeks as the subject of a state audit regarding a $575,000 grant for renovations at the Institute’s newest buildings on Route 138, which remains unfinished. Doyle also owes the university approximately $380,000 in unpaid reimbursements.
Dooley’s office issued a joint statement regarding the State Police’s investigation of Doyle and the Institute for International Sport.
“We have been cooperating fully with the State Police and the Office of the Attorney General and want to ensure that our efforts in no way compromise their investigation,” said Dooley. “We remain committed to an impartial examination of the University’s internal transactions and will proceed once the work of law enforcement is complete. To that end, because this is an ongoing investigation, the University will refrain from any further comments on this matter.”
Rhode Island State Police further declined to comment on the issue, and stated that there was no timeframe available for the completion of their investigation.